Condie Nature Refuge – September 23, 2017

Condie Nature Preserve was the location of the September 23rd, 2017 field trip – led by Brett Quiring. That morning, 13 people, including three new people, joined this very successful trip. Although it was 6 degrees, for most of the morning, there was little wind and the lake surface was smooth, so the birds were actively out and about feeding. We found 39 bird species in total, including a good variety of warblers. We were surprised to see 5 Greater Yellowlegs still this far north and feeding on the new mud flats that are exposed at Condie because of the very hot, drought filled summer, with a high evaporation rate. There were a large number of American Coots feeding at Condie and the east side of Highway 11 as we drove in. Since we have not had any real frost yet, there are still a lot of insects for warblers and other species to feed on.

Report submitted by Ingrid Alesich
Photos submitted by Hiro Aoki.

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39 species total:

125 Snow Goose
1,250 Canada Goose
10 Mallard
1 Ruddy Duck
5 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Red-necked Grebe
4 Western Grebe
73 Double-crested Cormorant
4 American White Pelican
2 Great Blue Heron
85 American Coot
2 Killdeer
5 Greater Yellowlegs
20 Franklin’s Gull
2 Ring-billed Gull
2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
7 Mourning Dove
2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
2 Black-billed Magpie
1 Common Raven
3 Black-capped Chickadee
20 American Robin
15 European Starling
1 Cedar Waxwing
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 Palm Warbler
9 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
2 Clay-colored Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco
5 White-crowned Sparrow
1 Harris’s Sparrow
1 White-throated Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
4 American Goldfinch
3 Gadwall
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
1 Gray Catbird
2 Lincoln’s Sparrow